July 26, 2005
Now comes the next step.
Under a blue, nearly cloudless sky, the spacecraft lifted off at 10:39 a.m. ET, as scheduled.I don't think anyone will quit holding their collective breaths until Discovery makes it home in a couple of weeks.
"Liftoff of space shuttle Discovery, beginning America's new journey to the moon, Mars and beyond," said George Diller, the voice of shuttle launch control.
Spaceflight Now is carrying constant real-time mission updates.
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